Become an mentor and make a difference
We’re looking for professionals to join us as mentors for the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.
Volunteering as a mentor allows you to make a real difference to our Clinical Entrepreneurs (CE) start up journey, providing them with the industry expertise and support. Mentoring is an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience, while getting to know some of the brightest and creative minds in the NHS.
Mentoring on the programme brings together clinical entrepreneurs and industry professionals that share common interests. The mentor relationships support the clinical entrepreneur with the development of their innovation or idea while on the programme.
Our current mentors are diverse, they come from industry, academia, the public sector, the NHS, and start-ups and bring with them a range of expertise, skills and knowledge.
What is mentoring?
Most individuals can identify people in their lives, who taught them something new or simply expressed an interest in their development as a person and professional.
They helped them negotiate an situation or help identify new goals in their lives. They pointed out talents that individuals hadn’t noticed in themselves. They encouraged, challenged and asked the hard questions when it was needed.
Mentoring is a mixture of 4 skills:
- Coaching – Helping achieve specific targets and goals
- Counselling – Supporting person that a mentee can speak to in confidence
- Networking – Introducing mentees to wider networks both formal and informal
- Guiding – Input from own experience
How does the mentor programme work?
We invite our CE to submit an application for a mentor and become a ‘mentee’. This is based around the skills they are looking for, location, stage of idea or innovation. We match mentors with mentees who are looking for their particular skill set
As a mentor we ask you to commit at least four 30 – 60-minute sessions with each mentee you take on per year. These can be face to face or digital. These meetings need to be are structured and agreed in advance so the mentee can get the most from the meeting. A mentor on the programme is expected to:
- managing their relationship with the mentee
- promoting the learning objectives
- understanding and developing the mentee’s expectations and goals
- work with the mentee to create an action plan and objectives
What are the benefits of becoming a mentor?
Mentoring has many potential benefits and can often be immeasurable but include:
- Share personal and professional best practices
- Build your professional network
- Contribute to your profession by helping to develop future leaders
- Develop leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Grow and learn from the experience by sharing your insight
- Develop mutual sense of respect and professional validation
- Learn from future generations
- Identify a potential future innovation pipeline.
How to apply to become a mentor?
All potentially mentors going through an application process with the CEP team. To get this process started fill out our expression of interest form. This form is to assess why you want to take part and what skills you can offer the programme.